Universiteit Twente
University of Twente is a university
A university is an institution of higher education and research, which grants academic degrees in a variety of subjects. A university is an organisation that provides both undergraduate education and postgraduate education...

 located in Enschede
Enschede , also known as Eanske in the local dialect of Twents, is a municipality and a city in the eastern Netherlands in the province of Overijssel and in the Twente region...

, Netherlands
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. It offers research and degree programmes in the social and behavioral sciences and in engineering. In keeping with its entrepreneurial spirit, the University is committed to making economic and social contribution to the region of the Netherlands where it is based. The UT collaborates with Delft University of Technology
Delft University of Technology
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 and Eindhoven University of Technology
Eindhoven University of Technology
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 under the umbrella of the 3TU.Federation, and is also a partner in the European Consortium of Innovative Universities
European Consortium of Innovative Universities
The European Consortium of Innovative Universities was founded in 1997 by 10 European universities. The goal was to create a European network, where participating universities could exchange experience and best practice of projects within education, research and regional development. The ECIU...



The University was founded in 1961 as the Technische Hogeschool Twente, the Netherlands’ third higher vocational institute of technology later to become a university (the other two being Delft and Eindhoven). The Dutch government’s decision to locate the new institute in Enschede, the main city of Twente
Twente is a non-administrative region in the eastern Netherlands. It encompasses the most urbanised and easternmost part of the province of Overijssel...

, had much to do with the north-eastern province’s rich industrial history. Another important consideration was the fact that the local economy needed a boost to compensate for the dwindling textile industry.


The University of Twente was built on the former country estate of Drienerlo, situated between Hengelo and Enschede. On this beautifully landscaped 140 hectare estate, comprising woodland, meadows and water, architects Van Tijen and Van Embden designed the Netherlands’ first - and so far only - campus university along American lines. Students and staff live, work and pursue their leisure activities on campus. Through the years, several other important architects and artists have made their own contributions to the design of the campus.

Students and staff at the University of Twente continue to form an active academic community. The beautiful campus of the University has excellent sports and cultural facilities that have stimulated the development of a rich mix of student societies, student social events, and a constant flow of new initiatives. The Student Union, which is run entirely by students, promotes the interests of all student societies and also manages several premises, including the student social centre in the heart of Enschede.

Mission statement

The University of Twente is an entrepreneurial research university with special focus on technological developments in the knowledge society. The university needs to be responsive to the requirements of the modern society and also has a special responsibility to develop and implement a broad knowledge potential in science and technology. In order to meet these challenges, the University of Twente advocates the establishment of a single Federation of Technical Universities in the Netherlands in 2010. The three technical universities agreed to join forces in 2005 and on 7 February 2007 the 3TU Federation was launched. The 3TU Federation aims to operate effectively at both national and international level. Within the 3TU framework the University of Twente promotes outstanding educational standards and world class research that leads the way in a number of specific areas. In pursuit of these goals, the University of Twente also wants to stimulate economic and social development regionally: in Twente
Twente is a non-administrative region in the eastern Netherlands. It encompasses the most urbanised and easternmost part of the province of Overijssel...

, the north-east of the Netherlands, and in the Gronau-Twente Euregio.

A focus on the interdependent relationship between social and technological innovation is a distinguishing feature of the University of Twente and this is reflected in the way it carries out its core activities. Strategic networks of public and private partners are encouraged. On campus, academic training occupies a central position and the University’s special character is reflected in the organisation of its degree programmes.

Teaching is of the highest standard and the University is committed to:
  • an educational programme that is in tune with the latest international research developments;
  • an approach that allows students to seek challenges in the study programmes they are being offered;
  • Bachelor’s programmes that are broad-based, with ample opportunity for excellent students to be put on the international honours track, and to adapt their study programme to fit their personal profiles;
  • providing a limited number of selective Master’s programmes that reflect the University’s core research activities, in addition to the standard Master’s programmes that follow on from the Bachelor’s;
  • ensuring that the research Master’s programmes, whenever possible and desirable, lead to a fast-track PhD programme;
  • giving academic training a central place in both the Bachelor’s and the Master’s degree programmes;
  • the application of modern educational insights across all teaching programmes;
  • an explicit and continuous orientation towards the requirements of the labour market;
  • the application of internationally agreed quality norms.

The University of Twente conducts world class research that:
  • contributes to social and technological innovation by carrying out empirical, experimental and design-oriented scientific research with unique combination of social, behavioural and engineering research;
  • is underpinned by a strong focus on the implications of technological innovation and the development of the knowledge society;
  • is multidisciplinary in character, and rooted in the knowledge base of the underlying disciplines;
  • is organised in a limited number of distinctive and internationally acclaimed research institutes;
  • is carried out in a context of intensive interaction with the public and the private sectors;
  • creates opportunities for new areas of development, rich in potential.

This mission is being accomplished by a highly motivated, outstanding academic community with the full support of a Student Union charged with the tasks of promoting an active student community and a specific range of high-quality services. Financial prudence, modern human resource management, and adequate housing and facilities are important preconditions to ensure its success.


There are Six Faculties at the University of Twente:
  • School of Management and Governance (SMG+)
  • Behavioural Sciences (GW+)
  • Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS+)
  • Engineering Technology (CTW+)
  • Science and Technology (TNW+)
  • Faculty of Geo-information Sciences and Earth Observation (ITC) (ITC+)

Each Faculty is in turn organized into several departments.


The degree programmes at the University of Twente range from business administration, psychology
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 to applied physics
Applied physics
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, engineering
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 and biomedical technology
Biomedical technology
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. The curriculum is broad, flexible and relevant to the labour market. Most students combine coursework in their major subject with a coherent set of minors in another discipline. A growing number of foreign students are finding their way to the UT. Almost all postgraduate programmes (and several undergraduate programmes) are taught in English. Half of all PhD students at the UT now come from outside the Netherlands.

The University of Twente has a world class research programme. In the applied sciences, the emphasis is on nanotechnology, process technology, engineering, information & communication technology, and the biomedical sciences. The University also has a strong track record in management and behavioural sciences.

The University of Twente sets great importance on the useful application of knowledge in the society. Patents, life-long learning programmes, and spin-off companies testify to this commitment, as does UT’s intensive involvement in research programmes that enhance knowledge infrastructure in the Netherlands. So far, the UT has produced 600 spin-off companies; more than any other Dutch university.

From the outset, the University of Twente has sought to put the applied sciences in a wider social context. Students and researchers are always challenged to look beyond the boundaries of their own subject area and to establish links between different disciplines. The University of Twente believes that a multidisciplinary approach will stimulate innovation in science and society alike.


  • MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology (MESA+)
  • MIRA Institute for Biomedical Technology and Technical Medicine (MIRA)
  • Centre for Telematics and Informationtechnology (CTIT)
  • Institute for Behavioral Research (IBR)
  • Institute for Innovation and Governance Studies (IGS)
  • Institute of Mechanics, Processes and Control Twente (IMPACT)

Knowledge and research centres

  • CEPTES - Center for Philosophy of Technology and Engineering Science (CEPTES+)
  • CES - Center for European Studies (CES+)
  • CHEPS - Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS+)
  • CHOIR - Center for healthcare operations improvement & research (CHOIR+)
  • CIPV - Centre for integrated manufacturing and development (CIPV+)
  • CSSTS - Center for Studies of Science, Technology and Society (CSSTS+)
  • CSTM - Center for clean technology and environmental policy (CSTM+)
  • Drebbel - Drebbel institute for Mechatronics (Drebbel +)
  • Institute for Sport & Leisure (sport en leisure+)
  • IPIT - Instituut voor maatschappelijke veiligheidsvraagstukken (IPIT+)
  • ITM - Institute of Technical Medicine (ITM+)
  • Nikos - Dutch institute for knowledge intensive entrepreneurship (Nikos+)
  • STeHPS - Science, Technology, Health and Policy Studies (STePHS+)
  • TESI - Twente Embedded Systems Initiative (TESI+)
  • TWC - Twente Water Centre (TWC+)
  • TwiCor - Twente institute for Communication research
  • VRINT - Virtual Reality Initiative Twente (VRINT+)

Graduate and Undergraduate studies

Technical and Engineering Sciences

  • Advanced Technology
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Applied Physics
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Business Information Technology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering and Management
  • Creative Technology
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Embedded Systems
  • Environmental and Energy Management
  • Geoinformatics
  • Human Media Interaction
  • Industrial Design Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering and Management
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechatronics
  • Nanotechnology
  • Sustainable Energy Technology
  • Technical Medicine
  • Telematics

Business and social sciences

  • Business Administration
  • International Business Administration
  • Industrial Engineering and Management
  • European Studies
  • Public Administration
  • Public Management
  • Environmental and Energy Management
  • Health Sciences

Behavioural sciences

  • Communication Studies
  • Educational Science and Technology
  • Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society
  • Psychology
  • Social Systems Evaluation and Survey Research

University presidents

  • 1963 - 1967: Professor Gerrit Berkhoff
    Gerrit Berkhoff
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  • 1967 - 1971: Professor Jo Vlugter
  • 1971 - 1974: Professor Pieter Zandbergen
  • 1974 - 1976: Professor Jan Kreiken
  • 1976 - 1979: Professor Willem van Spiegel
  • 1979 - 1982: Professor Harry van den Kroonenberg
  • 1982 - 1985: Professor Wiebe Draijer
  • 1985 - 1988: Professor Harry van den Kroonenberg (Second term)
  • 1988 - 1992: Professor Jos de Smit
  • 1992 - 1997: Professor Theo Popma
  • 1997 - 2004: Professor Frans van Vught
  • 2005 - 2009: Professor Henk Zijm
  • 2009 - present: Professor Ed Brinksma


In 2010 QS World University Rankings
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 ranked the University of Twente 199th overall in the world. Its subject rankings were: 138th in Engineering & IT, 226th in Natural Sciences, and 252nd in Social Sciences.

External links

  • Official Website
  • MSc studies at the University of Twente
  • International Office
  • Campuswiki, the Dutch
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     wiki for the campus
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    community of the UT.
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